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The Financial CHOICE Act 2.0, Legislative Text Revealed

On April 19, 2017, House Financial Services Committee (“HFSC”) Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released an updated version of the Financial CHOICE Act (“FCA 2.0”), a discussion draft that would reform the Dodd–Frank Wall...more

More Transparency, Better Access, Strong Support to FinTech: a New EU Plan for Retail Finance

The European Commission’s action plan builds on the results of its green paper on retail financial services published for public consultation in December 2015. In the framework of the Capital Markets Union (CMU)...more

Proposed Delay of the DOL Fiduciary Rule - What Should Financial Institutions Do?

On March 2, 2017, the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) proposal to delay its change to the definition of the term “fiduciary” (the “Fiduciary Rule”) was published in the Federal Register. Against expectations, the proposed delay...more

Paying for the Wall: Will President Trump’s Administration Scrutinize, Tax, or Seize Remittances?

One of the most significant post-election questions for the financial-services industry—particularly global financial institutions that move money across borders—is what is the status of President-elect Trump’s proposal to...more

Waking Up from a Long Winter’s Nap … the Border Adjustment Tax is the Sleeper Issue in the House Republican Tax Reform Blueprint

Thanks to the Republican sweep of the White House and the Congress, all the talk in recent years about tax reform is on the verge of turning into action. What many dismissed as idle chatter before Election Day suddenly...more

Down But Not Out: The CFPB’s Future May Be Uncertain, But Industry Participants Must Remain Vigilant

Since its inception, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has been a lightning rod, and there is little dispute that recent events threaten, at a minimum, the current operational structure of the CFPB and...more

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election; Brexit West?

It is hard to overstate the political and policy parallels between the recent UK “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union (“EU”) and the pending U.S. presidential election. Both cases reflect the significant tensions...more

States Move Forward with Auto-IRA Programs: What’s Next for the Feds?

As the nation continues to struggle with the retirement preparedness gap, policymakers are exploring proposals to require employers that do not offer retirement plans to automatically enroll employees in Individual Retirement...more

7/25/2016  /  DOL , ERISA , HELP , IRA , Retirement Plan

Taking on the Retirement Gap: Bipartisan Interest Grows in Open MEPs

As the U.S. continues to grapple with the retirement preparedness gap, policymakers on both sides of the aisle are increasingly focused on facilitating access to retirement plans. In the last few years, policy proposals...more

The Financial CHOICE Act; Legislative Text Revealed

On June 23, 2016, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released as a “discussion draft” legislative text of the Financial CHOICE Act (“FCA”), a proposal to reform the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

Details Emerge about the Financial CHOICE Act

On June 15, 2016, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released a more detailed summary of the Financial CHOICE Act (“FCA”), a proposal to revisit the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

The Financial CHOICE Act; Dodd-Frank Reform (Not Repeal)

On June 7, 2016, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released an executive summary of the Financial CHOICE Act (the “FCA”), his highly anticipated bill to revisit the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

DOL Finalizes The ERISA Fiduciary Regulation -- What It Means For Your Business

In the face of controversy and following thousands of comments from market participants and lawmakers, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has finalized sweeping changes to the definition of “fiduciary” under the Employee...more

The State of Capitalism in the 21st Century

On February 1, 2016, K&L Gates LLP, The Washington Times and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a symposium entitled “Capitalism in the 21st Century.” The event explored emerging corporate governance considerations such as...more

Brexit Broker; UK Leader Strikes a Deal (Maybe)

This policy insight highlights some of the key political issues relating to the United Kingdom’s (UK) imminent referendum to decide whether to withdraw from the European Union (EU). After weeks of discussions and...more

Capital Markets Union: a Marathon not a Sprint

Since the Action Plan for a Capital Markets Union (“CMU”) was launched on 30 September 2015, the European Commission (“the Commission”) has initiated a number of CMU initiatives. Notably, building on the CMU’s initial...more

I’m OK, Eur OK; At Long Last, U.S.-EU CCP Recognition is Mutual

On February 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the European Commission (“EC”) announced a much-anticipated transatlantic agreement to harmonize European Union (“EU”) and U.S. regulations concerning...more

European Commission publishes plans for a Capital Markets Union

On 30 September, the European Commission released its Action Plan for a Capital Markets Union (the “Action Plan”). The Capital Markets Union (“CMU”) is one of the key elements of the broader Investment Plan for Europe...more

Dodd-Frank Turns Five, What Comes Next?

The 2008 credit crisis was the beginning of an era of unprecedented government management of the capital markets. July 21, 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the hallmark congressional response, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

DOL Re-Proposes Rule to make Brokers, Others, ERISA Fiduciaries

After almost five years of debate, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) is again trying to modify the ERISA definition of “fiduciary” as it relates to providing investment advice. On April 14, 2015, DOL re-proposed rules (the...more

A Buttonwood Tree Sprouts in Europe: What the EU’s Proposed Capital Markets Union Means for You

On Wednesday, February 18, the European Commission (“EC”) launched its ambitious “Green Paper” consultation for the creation and completion of a European Union (“EU”)-wide Capital Markets Union (“CMU”). The release of the...more

Dodd-Frank Act Changes Are Coming

For over four years after enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank”), President Obama and the Democratic Senate successfully blocked any changes to that act. For example, in the 113th Congress, the House passed 26 bills...more

The 2014 Election: A Critical Juncture in Financial Services Legislation, Regulation, and Oversight

As November draws closer, the financial services industry is staking out a front row seat in tracking the outcomes of the 2014 midterm elections. The 114th Congress’ legislative agenda in this area will be shaped in large...more

SEC Proposes Major Revisions to Money Market Fund Rules

On June 5, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted to release its long-awaited proposals to make significant revisions to the rules governing money market mutual funds (“money funds”), as well as to adopt...more

Tax Reform – The Next Installment: Reforming the Taxation of Financial Instruments

After the fiscal cliff deal failed to include a framework for comprehensive tax reform, many in Washington predicted that the momentum for tax reform would wither away. Although Congress has many important issues on its...more

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